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reliable transportation. to secure that, they may have to approve a tax hike. >> i had to get off of the freeway to go back to get on b.a.r.t. to get to my event on time. otherwise, the event will probably be over by the time i would get here. >> reporter: kathy adams relies on b.a.r.t. and she has a lot of company. hundreds of thousands of people count on the system. but after 40 years, b.a.r.t. says the system is falling apart. >> we're doing or very best to do the preventative maintenance that needs to take place. but b.a.r.t. is aging. it's over 40 years old. and there's billions in reinvestments needed. >> reporter: the latest breakdown stranded hundreds of passengers. and sent nine people to the hospital with breathing problems. an electrical short caused an equipment malfunction. the emergency brake engaged on a moving train in a tunnel. stopping the train and sending dust into cars. cell phone video shows people helping one passenger who was passed out. >> people had a hard time breathing. >> reporter: b.a.r.t. says the 40-year-old train had maintenance in october and was
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